Charlotte Moore: Hancox: A House and a Family

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Hancox is the Tudor hall house in Sussex where Charlotte Moore still lives - a time warp where little has changed since her family took it on in 1888. A diverse family of doctors, soldiers, liberal politicians and educational pioneers, they all shared a habit of writing everything down and never throwing anything away. Every cupboard and every drawer is crammed with letters, diaries, sketch books, photograph albums, even old shopping lists and chequebook stubs, which constitute a huge archive of Victorian and Edwardian family life containing stories of love and jealousy, heroism and defeat, riches and poverty as well as snapshots of the wider world beyond Hastings. Hancox offers a richly detailed portrait of a vanished way of life: an English country house, just before the tragedy of the First World War, with its presiding family, its servants, its farm and its local village. The latest of Charlotte Moore’s four novels, Grandmother’s Footsteps, comes out in paperback this summer and explores similar themes. She also wrote George and Sam, a highly praised account of life with her two autistic sons.

This page was added on 22/05/2010.

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